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110 Freeway improvements underway; section will be closed this weekend [Updated]

July 16, 2010 | 10:22 am

Part of the 110 Freeway is scheduled for closure this weekend, the first of 20 scheduled closures that will shut down the route every other weekend for 55 hours at a time until early 2011.

The first closure will shut down southbound Arroyo Seco Parkway from Glenarm Street to Orange Grove Avenue from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, said Caltrans spokeswoman Judy Gish.

[Corrected at 3:04 p.m.: The headline on an earlier version of this post stated that the freeway would be closed nightly. It will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.]

The closures are related to the $17-million Arroyo Parkway Improvement Project, which will spruce up the 70-year-old historic highway. State officials have decided to rechristen the Pasadena Freeway with its original name, the Arroyo Seco Parkway. The highway has been designated a "California Historic Parkway." Heavier traffic from regional population growth has put the route in need of an upgrade Caltrans officials have said.

The project will replace existing metal beam and temporary barriers with decorative concrete medians and barriers that echo stonework architecture from surrounding communities, Gish said. The new barriers will have historic reproduction lighting, and a fence will be placed on top of the side barriers to limit freeway access.

The project is expected to reduce maintenance costs and reduce delays related to maintenance-related closures as well as improve safety for motorists. The project is expected to be completed in winter 2011.

-- My-Thuan Tran